Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Adoption to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Technology in Indonesia

In a 2022 study by Arsil et al., Indonesian rice farmers participated in focus group discussions (FGDs) regarding the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The findings include SRI’s complexities in terms of utilization and application to farming. The study was developed with the help of the theory of diffusion of innovations. SRI is an innovation anchored in sustainable knowledge and practices for local farmers’ plants, water, soil, and nutrients. 40

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Utilization of ICTs in Agricultural Marketing Information Delivery in Charland of Bangladesh

Agriculture has been the most important sector in the economy of Bangladesh as it comprises 19.6% of the national GDP. 63% of the country’s population were employed in the agricultural sector. However, as the population in Bangladesh continues to grow, the country faces greater challenges in maintaining food production. Although ICT has played an essential role in enhancing crop quality and food production, and delivering agricultural marketing information, the agrarian

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Mobile Internet Technology (MIT) Adoption Challenges Wheat Farmers of Pakistan

Pakistan is the 8th leading producer of global wheat production. (FAOSTAT, 2019). 76.38 million people or 35% of its population are using Internet Technology (IT). IT innovations help develop new ways to make farming more efficient and grow more food. (Khan, et.al.2021) The researchers are from agriculture colleges in universities located in China, USA, and Saudi Arabia. The study used a data set of 628 wheat farmers from 4 districts

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Farmers' Use of ICT Tools for Farming Practices in Chapainawabganj district, Bangladesh

The benefits of ICT tools in the agricultural sector have been promising since its expansion and development two decades ago. ICT helps farmers facilitate access to real-time data on weather forecasts, market prices, planting, and harvesting techniques, and seed varieties among others. This is also true across the socioeconomic structure of developing and underdeveloped countries, including Bangladesh—an independent sovereign country in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh is a country where the agricultural

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Smart Farming Technology for Small-Scale Farmers in Thailand

Smart farming technology is a new agricultural innovation in the digital era that adopted various ICTs in the farm. Smart farming leads to the efficient use of production factors, the increase in quality of farm production, cost-effectiveness, reducing environmental impact, cost of production, and labor, saving time and leading to sustainable agriculture. Smart farming is considered as one of the important strategic goals in Thailand. The country intends to transform

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Global Forum on Inclusive RCS for Family Farming set on July 11

Com Dev Asia is inviting everyone to attend the UNDFF Global Forum on Inclusive Rural Communication Services for Family Farming  on 11 July 2022, 12:00-3:00PM CET. The discussion aims to showcase current trends, approaches, experiences and lessons learned related to RCS for Family Farming, and to define criteria, opportunities and priorities for mainstreaming RCS in family farming National Action Plans, policies, and programs and agree on mechanisms to foster collaboration

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UNDFF Regional Awareness Radio Campaign: Community radios highlight the significance of family farming

Twenty-six community radios and three national broadcasting federations, covering five national languages across five countries of South and South East Asia have worked in a synchrony to run a radio campaign to sensitize and inform listeners about the role of family farmers in feeding the world. With radio programs in Bengali, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and the Filipino, the community radio campaign has successfully reached more than one million listeners

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SMS as an Inclusive Tool in Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture in the Philippines

Knowledge sharing is considered one of the essential practices for agricultural development. Farmers have to be aware of the latest agricultural information to make sure they can address farm issues such as pests and diseases and utilize the existing innovations to maximize their production. There are already a lot of established systems to ensure this, such as social media, websites, mobile applications, and radio programs. However, farmers face challenges with

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Regional Forum on RCS in AP Region to be held 28 June

The Regional Forum on Advancing Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific  will be held on 28 June 2022, 5:30 pm, via Zoom. The Regional Forum aims at engaging key stakeholders in the discussion on trends, experiences and appropriation of RCS  for family farming and how to promote RCS in the region as part of the UNDFF process.  The Regional Forum is a part of

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